QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- As John Wood men's basketball coach Brad Hoyt jokes, he needs to fire his schedule maker.
Of the 18 games they've played this season the Trail Blazers have only hosted only four of those contests.
And for the record - Hoyt would have to give himself a pink slip because he makes the schedule.
Considering the road heavy schedule the Blazers have done pretty well for themselves with 11 wins, including a victory over national power Kirkwood earlier this season and they haven't lost in more than a month.
With each game Hoyt is seeing his youthful team come of age.
"I didn't know how long it was going to take with this group," he told WGEM Sports.
"I said from the very beginning that once we figured that out that this group would have a chance to be pretty special."
They've crossed the mid-way point of the season and seem to be gaining traction with each win. Forced to rely on mostly freshman, the young players have answered the call.
"I don't think we've got it all figured out, we've got a long way to go, but from a progress standpoint I think we've at least gotten to the bench mark that we wanted to get to at this point in the season," Hoyt said.
The schedule takes a significant turn for the much more difficult as conference play tips-off on Saturday afternoon against Danville.
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